So now the nominations are out, and voting has begun in earnest, we thought we'd take a look at some of the key categories, focusing on one each day.
Now I know, I know, you're all desperate to debate the Best Band Blog award, but you'll just have to patient. Today we're kicking off with the Best British Band category, which is being contested by:
So who out of that lot deserves to win? This is just a place for discussion by the way - to actually influence the result you need to go and vote.
Muse won this award last year (as well as in 2007). Other past winners include The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Radiohead and Blur.
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